We Are . . .

June 13, 2019

By Ron Skjong

They normally call me Grandpa but sometimes they call me Sir.
They don’t call me Sir be­cause of rank or protocol, but because I’m the old­est of the group and they graciously respect me. They’ve also designated me as the official spokes­person for the group and, therefore, here’s our sto­ry.
Our ages range from a young 77 to my mature age of 115 years. We’re hard as nails and as comforting as a beautiful wooden sculp­ture. Over the years, we’ve been handled by many hands and have been used for numerous reasons and occasions…

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Ivan “Ike” Madsen

June 13, 2019

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Ivan “Ike” Madsen, age 86 of Pipestone, died Mon­day, June 3 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visita­tion was Wednesday, June 5, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel. Funeral service was Thursday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. at First Luther­an Church in Pipestone; and burial in Danebod Cemetery in Tyler. To view obit or sign an online reg­istry go to www.hartquist­funeral.com.
Ivan “Ike” Leon Madsen was born to Marius and Astrid (Christiansen) Mad­sen on May 21, 1933 in Ty­ler, where he was raised and received his educa­tion. After he graduated from Tyler High School, he attended South Dakota State College in Brook­ings, South Dakota and studied pharmacy. During this time, he also worked at Vadheim Drug in Tyler. Upon completion of his education, Ike returned to Tyler and continued work­ing at Vadheim Drug. On June 5, 1955, he was unit­ed in marriage to Audrey Ann Nielsen at Danebod Lutheran Church in Ty­ler. Following their mar­riage, they lived for a short time in Tyler. On May 1, 1958, Ike enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in San Antonio, Texas. Af­ter his discharge from the service in June 1958, they returned to Tyler. In September 1959 they moved to Pipestone, and in 1960 they purchased Menzel Drug in Pipestone and renamed the business Madsen Drug, which they continued to own and op­erate until 1980. At that time, Ike began working for various pharmacies in the Pipestone area.
Audrey preceded him in death on June 3, 1994. After her death, Ike continued to reside in Pipestone. On Jan. 15, 1995, he was united in marriage to Janice Nelson at Christ the King Luther­an Church in Pipestone. Following their marriage, they resided in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Ike worked part-time at Medi Mail. He began full-time retirement in 2000. Jan preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 2001. After her death, he contin­ued to reside in Las Vegas until May 2007, when he returned to Pipestone. In January 2018, he became a resident of the Good Sa­maritan Communities of Pipestone. Later he was admitted to Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he died surrounded by his family on Monday, June 3 at the age of 86 years and 13 days.
Ike was baptized, con­firmed, and married at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. While living in Pipestone, he was a mem­ber of Christ the King Lu­theran Church, where he sang in the church choir. While living in Las Vegas, he was a member of Lamb of God Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir and with the men’s Singing Shepherds. He was also a member of the Pipestone Kiwanis Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Pipestone Jaycees. He served the community of Pipestone as mayor, and he was a member of the Pipestone Chamber of Commerce. For over 27 years, he was a member of the Hiawatha Club in Pipestone. While living in Las Vegas, he sang in the Las Vegas Barber­shop Choir and he served as the choir’s librarian for five years. He enjoyed playing golf and working.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his four chil­dren—JoAnn (Mike) Straw of Pipestone, Greg (Mary) Madsen of Kildeer, Illi­nois, Jeff (Patti) Madsen of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Melissa (Tom) Kruzel of Deadwood, South Dakota; seven grandchildren— Brad Straw, Sara (Shane) Delaney, James (Courtney) Madsen, Rob Madsen, Will Madsen, Danielle (Harley) Mecke and Nick Madsen; and three great-grand­daughters—Kayleigh Straw and Aubrey and Mackenzie Delaney. He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, his wife Janice, and his parents.

Ione Svendsen

June 13, 2019

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Ione Valera Svendsen, age 99, formerly of Ty­ler and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died May 26 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylva­nia, surrounded by fam­ily. Her memorial service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls on Sunday, June 23, 1:30 p.m. Family will be present one hour before the service. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
She was born in Tyler on Dec. 15, 1919, to Wil­liam and Thora (Jacobsen) Neiman, baptized in San­born, Iowa, and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, where she was a member for all but seven years from 1923 until 2003. She graduated from Tyler High School.
Ione married Kenneth Thompson on April 23, 1939, in Huron, South Dakota. They lived in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Sleepy Eye, and Richmond, California, and had three sons—Darrell Keith, Gary David and Leslie Gene. She married Woodrow Svendsen on Oct. 26, 1946. They moved to Tyler and operated the Chat ’n’ Chew Cafe, a popular eating and gath­ering place. After a home basketball or football game, the place would be jammed. After leaving the restaurant business, Ione and Woody cooked at the Tyler Golf Club for several years, while Ione also was employed at Urb’s Mercan­tile, then Meyer’s Clothing. In 1997, she was named Tyler’s Employee of the Year. Two daughters were born to Ione and Woody— Jerryn Elaine and Janelle Rae.
Ione was active at First English Lutheran Church, serving on the education and stewardship commit­tees, in WELCA, Morning Circle, and quilting group. She also completed the two-year Bethel Bible Study teacher training.
In 2003, she moved to Sunnycrest Village in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to be near her sons. There she was a member of Our Sav­ior’s Lutheran Church and was involved with WELCA and the quilting group. After moving to Pennsyl­vania to live with a grand­daughter, she continued to watch Our Savior’s wor­ship services on television. Throughout her life, Ione had an extraordinary abil­ity to befriend people and remember their names and life stories. She en­joyed being with family and friends, cross stitch­ing, reading, working crossword puzzles, and playing dominoes, Skip- Bo, and Hand and Foot card games.
She was preceded in death by sons Gary and Darrell, husband Wood­row, and three brothers. She is survived by son Les (Carolyn) Svendsen of Minneapolis; daughters Jerryn (Douglas) Carson of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and Janelle (Henry) Hoff­man of Los Angeles, Cal­lifornia; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, eight nephews and nieces, and a sister.
Memorials are preferred to First English Lutheran Church or Our Savior’s Lu­theran Church.

Leslie “Les” Hansen

June 13, 2019

Aug. 19, 1932 – June 2, 2019

Leslie “Les” Hansen, age 86 of Tyler, died peace­fully on Sunday, June 2 at his residence in Tyler. Memorial visitation was held Saturday, June 8, 1-2 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. A memorial service followed the visita­tion on Saturday at 2 p.m. Inurnment was in Dane­bod Cemetery in Tyler. Ar­rangements were with the Hartquist Funeral Home -Tyler Chapel. To read Les’ life history and sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Leslie “Les” Loyd Han­sen, the youngest of five children, was born to Hans and Emma (Winter) Hans­en on Aug. 19, 1932, on the family farm near Canby. At the age of 6, Les relocated to a farm in Tyler with his family, where he attended school. At an early age, he began helping his father with farm and construc­tion work. Les was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He completed basic train­ing in Kentucky before his tour in Korea. After his honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to Tyler, then moved to Mankato to attend trade school while working part-time at a local gas station. He was married to Sylvia Anders­en on March 16, 1956. The couple returned to Tyler in 1958 and leased a gas sta­tion in town, which they operated for six years. Les began working at the Ford garage as a mechan­ic until his retirement in 1990. Until the spring of 2007, he helped out with mechanic work at Virg’s Auto Sales and Service. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and camp­ing. On Sunday, June 2, Les passed away at the age of 86 years, nine months, and 14 days.
He will be remembered by his wife Sylvia; daugh­ter Debra (Gary) Rosen­thal of Bertha; grand­sons Jeffrey and Nicholas Rosenthal; sisters-in-law Carol and Marcia Hansen; and brothers-in-law Rich­ard (Dorothy) and Rodney (Janet) Andersen. Les was preceded in death by his son Michael Hansen, and siblings Vernon, Virgil, Milo and Viola.

RTR students raise money for ALS

June 6, 2019

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Students and staff posed for a photo with teacher Ron Ries (center, front) on the last day of school on Friday. Students Ainsley Novak and Eryn Kraft spearheaded a fundraiser in Ries’ honor, raising over $1,200 for ALS through t-shirt sales.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

At the beginning of the 2018- 19 school year, RTR teacher Ron Ries received the devastat­ing news that he had been di­agnosed with amyotrophic lat­eral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This spring, eighth graders Eryn Kraft and Ainsley Novak decided they needed to do what they could to help out. The girls decided to start a fundraiser to help find a cure, with all the money raised donated to the ALS Association in honor of Mr. Ries.

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Bandwagon Days this weekend

June 6, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Bandwagon Days returns to Russell this weekend with a full slate of activities. The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the signup for the bean bag tournament at 6:30 p.m., with the tournament starting at 7 p.m. next to the Russell Li­quor Store.
On Saturday, the softball tour­nament will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Russell Softball Field. At 9 a.m. the annual 5K walk will begin, with signup beginning at 8:15 a.m. near the RTR Middle School.

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Council hears variance requests

June 6, 2019

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Tyler resident Troy Lange spoke to the council about the alley behind his Oak Street home.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Two Tyler residents were on hand to speak about variance requests at Monday’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council on Monday. Oak Street residents Troy and Patty Lange asked for permission to gravel the strip of alleyway from the street to his garage behind his home.
“We have an access easement that runs on the north side of our property to our back garage,” Troy Lange explained. “We are asking for permission for Patty and I to gravel that portion. It has gotten so wet that we can’t use that easement any more. It’s ba­sically worthless. We can’t get in and out at this point. We are not asking the city for gravel. We are not asking the city to maintain it, to plow it or to do anything. We are looking for permission to im­prove that easement land so we can use it again by putting down tile, a rock bed and gravel top.

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Lady Knights suffer tough loss against Wolverines

June 6, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Softball Team, after winning their first game ever in postseason softball, played the MAC­CRAY Wolverines in Mar­shall on Saturday, May 25. It was an elimination game for both teams, mean­ing the loser of the game would be done playing for the year. The Wolverines won the game in 12 in­nings, scoring the winning run in the bottom half of the 12th inning on a foul pop-up. The final score was 5-4.
The Wolverines scored four runs in the first three innings of play as the Lady Knights could not gather enough hits to score. That all changed in the next two innings for the Lady Knights…

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Tyler hosts youth tournament

June 6, 2019

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The RTR 10U and 12U baseball teams participated in an 11-team tournament in Tyler on Saturday. Pictured above: Micah Johnson delivers a pitch in the opening game for the 10U team. Below: Chase Christianson helped pitch the 12U team to the championship on Saturday.

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Wildcats outlast Warriors

June 6, 2019

Submitted by Michael Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats traveled to Madison, South Dakota to take on the new Madison War­riors team. They had just faced this team before the league bye. The Wildcats won the first game 18-0 in Lake Benton, but this game would be much closer.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 20-0 lead at half-­time, but the Warriors found their offense in the second half of the game…

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